Quick Guide to the 2019 Nashville Film Festival
The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.
With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in October, 2019.
What, Where & When:
10 theaters, 10 days, VIP lounge, red carpet, and hundreds of films!
October 3 – 12, 2019
Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX
719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204
Special events, receptions and parties will be hosted at some of Nashville’s most popular venues throughout the festival.
The Nashville Film Festival is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for everyone! If you are a film festival veteran, or first-time festival goer, NashFilm staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing you with an amazing and rewarding cinematic and social experience. The expert programming of over 300 films provides a diverse slate of informative, inspiring and entertaining content for all walks of life.
Each film category represents how it was curated (i.e the competition that the films were submitted to). To help you make your film selections, we color code them in our program guide and online. Here are brief descriptions for each of the main categories:
Special Presentations: High profile films featuring notable names and rising stars making their Nashville premieres.
Spectrum: Compelling, challenging stories crafted by the filmmakers who are setting trends in contemporary world cinema.
Tennessee First Competition: Original material born throughout the Volunteer State.
Narrative Competition: The newest films from around the world created by established filmmakers.
New Directors Competition: Narrative works created by first-time filmmakers.
Documentary Competition: A selection of the finest non-fiction cinema from around the world.
Music Films/Music City Competition: Highlighting films that celebrate music, musicians and the impact music has on our lives.
Animated Feature Competition: Independent animated visions created in all styles and coming from all around the world.
Graveyard Shift Competition: An unflinching look at the human (and inhuman) condition, holding nothing back and digging down to the marrow. Not for the faint of heart.
Shorts Programs: Short films are all under 40 minutes. The winning films in the Narrative Shorts Competition, Animated Shorts Competition, and Documentary Shorts Competition will become eligible for Academy Award Consideration, provided it meets all other eligibility requirements.
Episodic Competition: Creative content crafted for any type of screen meant to be consumed one episode at a time…or binged!
Festival Key Dates:
Nashville Film Festival runs October 3-12, 2019
- Thursday, October 3, 2019: Festival begins and Opening Night Party
- October 3-5, 2019: Creator’s Conference
- Friday, October 11, 2019: Closing Party
- Saturday, October 12, 2019: Best of Fest Films